An article from Allen & Overy on 5 October was connected with an important business and human rights case on the docket of the US Supreme Court.  It has agreed to determine the contested scope of the Alien Torts Statute in the context of an appeal by Nestlé USA Inc, the US affiliate of Swiss-based Nestlé, and Cargill Inc, the largest privately held company in the US.  They, together with the Solicitor General, on behalf of the Trump administration, challenge the holding by the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit that US corporations can be held liable under the ATS for aiding and abetting human rights violations abroad by virtue of their corporate conduct in the US.  The ruling involves 3 former child slaves who accused Nestlé and Cargill of aiding and abetting human rights violations, and a court had found that they had aided and abetted its overseas suppliers’ violations of international norms. 

I had omitted the following link (as it did not seem to generate much interest!), but it seemed time to add it again and say that, if you would like to make a (polite) gesture and help me with my removal and computer costs, I have a page at

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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